Lisa Batiashvili received the highest accolade at the age of 22, from no less a musician than the great Alfred Brendel, who said of one of her concerts that “Every note sang and spoke: imagination and control, warmth and mastery, rigor and flexibility were in balance. Once again it was evident that great violinists show their skills at an early age.”
As the youngest entrant in the famous Sibelius Competition in Helsinki, Lisa Batiashvili gained international recognition. Today this German-Georgian virtuoso, to whom the Financial Times attested “profound empathy”, is among the leading, most sought-after violinists of her generation. She regularly performs with the most renowned orchestras and with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Yannick Nézét-Séguin, Alan Gilbert and Sir Simon Rattle.
For 2019 and 2020 Lisa Batiashvili has taken on the exclusive artistic direction of the Audi Sommerkonzerte in Ingolstadt. Her new album, City Lights, which has just been released on Deutsche Grammophon, is a musical journey to eleven cities with an autobiographical connection.
On 14 April Lisa Batiashvili and other leading musicians sent out from Ingolstadt a sign of solidarity in a time of crisis. The press shop at Audi was turned into a virtual concert hall! “Music connects people across borders,” says the artistic director of the Audi Sommerkonzerte. “We hope we were able to present a moment of optimism and joy for many people.“
The violinist, who lives in Munich, shared the stage with her husband François Leleux, a renowned oboist and conductor, with the star cellist Maximilian Hornung and his partner, the violinist Sarah Christian, as well as with the viola player Jano Lisboa. The artists performed works by, among others, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The program was introduced by the Munich moderator Alexander Mazza. More than a quarter of a million people all over the world followed this concert with its unusual setting, which was streamed live via Internet.
Intense appearance against an unusual backdrop: Lisa Batiashvili in the Audi workshop. © Audi AG
Solidarity concert with safety margin: François Leleux, Lisa Batiashvili, Sarah Christian, Jano Lisboa and Maximilian Hornung (left to right). © Audi AG
More than a quarter of a million people worldwide watched the concert, which was broadcast on the Internet via livestream. © Audi AG
Stage: © André Josselin/Deutsche Grammophon
Gallery: © Audi AG